Eddie McGuire cops backlash over women’s AFL diss

Eddie McGuire skipped the launch of the first ever women's AFL season.
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The Collingwood president is in hot water.

Eddie McGuire is facing some serious backlash today after he was a no-show at the launch of the women’s AFL season at the weekend.

Collingwood took on Carlton for the opening game, but the Magpies president was nowhere to be seen, instead attending the fight between Anthony Mundine and Danny Green.

This morning, a number of radio hosts around the country took aim at McGuire, saying he should have been there to support the girls and the club.

Amanda Keller was on her show, the Jonesy and Amanda Breakfast Show, on WSFM when she let lose, saying he should have cancelled his other commitments.

“You know who wasn’t there? Eddie McGuire, who is the president of the Collingwood Football Club. On that momentous day, the president of the Carlton Football Club, he made some lovely comments that I saw on social media. Eddie McGuire wasn’t there. He chose to host Danny Green and Anthony Mundine and their fight in Adelaide and he missed attending his club’s women’s team’s first momentous game.

“Eddie you should have been there, it was important, you should have been there.”

It’s not the first time McGuire has been embroiled in a spat over women in sport. Last year he was forced to issue an apology for his remarks about sports journalist Caroline Wilson, when he jokingly said he would like to drown her.

Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert also failed to show up for the opening game, but said both he and Eddie had good excuses.

“There’s a very good reason why myself and Ed weren’t there,” Pert told SEN.

“Ed had commitments to do with his job and the work that he does Monday to Friday … People can sit there and go maybe Ed wasn’t there for one event because of other commitments, but I see the work that he’s put in over the last year or two to actually help get this competition up and get Collingwood’s team (up).

“He’s done a massive amount of work and is such a passionate supporter of the women’s team and all the girls in the team would know that.”

Do you think Eddie should have been there? Are you glad to see women’s AFL becoming more popular?

  1. Bundy  

    He had to be somewhere else. Fair enough. A lot of folk wish he was somewhere else. And for what it’s worth, I loved the football. They went hard, and left it all on the field.

  2. Kaye Carroll  

    People are never happy! They call him ‘Eddy Everwhere’, but he can’t be in two places at once. If he has a work commitment, so be it. His position as Collingwood President is a voluntary one, all be it for 20 years. I wonder how many of those criticizing Eddie have that kind of commitment!! He is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t. Just for the record I don’t know Eddie, nor am I a Collingwood supporter!

    • Kevin Smart  

      So, attending a boxing match is “work related” ???????

  3. Brian Clarke  

    He would have spoiled the night anyway!

  4. Jim  

    One of Australia’s most popular sporting icons, he can’t be ‘everywhere’

  5. K  

    How do people think the female Collingwood team became a reality? Yes because of Eddie!

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